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Sustainability Projects and Reports

Below are important documents that highlight the City's sustainability related metrics and plans for projects and services that benefit the community. 

Reports: 

Action Plans:

Sustainability Plan Plan Framework

The Sustainability Plan creates a flexible road map for the City's vision to be a "thriving community of safe neighborhoods and beautiful open space that is sustainable and inclusive." The Plan contains goals, measurable targets, strategies, specific actions and metrics to track progress. Topic areas in the Plan include energy, economic resilience, housing and neighborhoods, health and wellness, natural resources and environment, transportation and mobility, and waste and materials. Cross cutting issues that influence all topics include safety, resilience, climate, education and equity.

Executive Summary: 
English or Spanish 
 

Strategies and Targets:
English or Spanish
 

Full Document (English) 

 


City Projects and Accomplishments:

Below, delineated by year, is a list of sustainability programs and initiatives the City has accomplished and/or is working on 

2022:

  • Ran our second solar co-op with Solar United Neighbors (SUN) and Adams County 
  • Providing weatherization assistance to low-income residents through Energy Outreach Colorado
  • Providing free Home Energy Squad visits from Xcel Energy to residents 

2021:

  • Received SolSmart Gold Designation 
  • Ran a solar co-op with Solar United Neighbors (results)
  • Created a solar landing page for residents and contractors 
  • Passed a solar-by-right ordinance which secures the installation of solar as a use right throughout the city. 

2020 and before: 

  • Creation of an Energy Action Plan through Xcel's Partners In Energy (PIE) program. Graduated from PIE and now participate in Energy Futures Collaborative (EFC). 
  • Provided ~500 free  Home Energy Squad visits from Xcel Energy to residents 
  • Completed a GHG inventory and analysis

2022:

  • Providing ~$30,000 in grant funds to businesses for sustainability upgrades  
  • Providing networking and recognition programs for businesses 

2021:

2022:

  • Installed the City's 1st on-street EV charging station in Downtown Westminster
  • Hosted an EV showcase at the Orchard Town Center Farmer's Market with Drive Clean Colorado.
  • Continuing to transition City fleet to hybrid and electric vehicles.
  • Hosted a Bike To Work Day station on the US-26 bike path 
  • Promoted sustainable commuting options to residents and City employees 

2021: 

2020 and before:
  • Created a City Electric Vehicle Plan 
  • Developed a City EV policy and ordinance 
  • Installed EV charging stations at City Hall and Downtown Westminster
  • Worked with Chargepoint to find eight EV fast charging stations in the city
  • Hosted EV Ride and Drive events

2022:

  • Identifying gaps in Westminster's urban tree canopy and assessing programs and initiatives to provide more equitable coverage. This project is a partnership with the Trust for Public Lands, Natural Climate Solutions, and the CU-Boulder Masters of the Environment program. 
  • Partnering with Forestry and Parks and Recreation to create a strategy to address the Emerald Ash Borer city-wide.

2021:

  • ENVISION certification for Big-Dry Creek Biosolids Dewatering Facility.  

2020 and before:

  • Installed water conservation fixtures in City facilities 
  • Received bronze ELP for water quality system infrastructure and systems
  • Started and continued participation in Great Global Clean-up Day

2022:

  • Crafting City Sustainable Purchasing Policies 
  • Revamping City website on waste and materials 
  • Hosted Zero-Waste City events 

2021:

  • Installed standardized and paired recycling and waste bins at City Park and Recreation facilities.
  • Continued assistance to General Services on the City's Environmental Management System (EMS).
  • City started and continues to run a limb drop/collection program

2020 and before:

  • Compost collection of food waste at City hall kitchens 
  • Promoted the Regional Air Quality's Lawn Mower Replacement Program, "Mow Down Pollution"
  • Participant of the Regional Air Qualities local government work group 
  • Crafting City ozone and pollutant reduction best-practices and guidelines for operations 

Partners in EnergyWestminster

The City of Westminster is a participant in Xcel Energy's Partners in Energy (PiE) program. PiE provides communities services to develop an energy plan and assistance with implementing that plan. Each community has its own unique energy needs and priorities, and Partners in Energy tailors its services to complement each community’s vision. Learn about Partners in Energy.

Check out the this storymap to interact with information about the work Westminster and other communities are doing to reduce carbon emissions and provide community economic and social benefits.